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July 2015 Third Thursday Panel

7/16/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Being a Good Literary Citizen

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)

Being a writer means being part of a literary community. And, as with all communities, there are rules of conduct that must be followed.

This panel will discuss the dos and don'ts of online sharing, networking, paying it back and forward, sharing news, acceptable ways of venting frustration, and other unwritten but important rules of behavior.

Our distinguished panelists will be...

Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.

Cory Putman Oakes is a children’s book author from Austin, Texas. Her middle grade debut, Dinosaur Boy, is on shelves now with its sequel, Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars, coming February, 2016. She’s also the author of the young adult novels The Veil (out now) and Witchtown (coming October, 2017). Cory is an ex-lawyer, an ex-Californian, and a current Mexican food enthusiast. When she’s not writing, she enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her husband and their two kiddos.


François Pointeau was born in Rennes, France, but moved to the States with his family as a child. He first self-published his poetry collection, Beer Songs for the Lonely, in 2006, and then completely rewrote it in 2013-14. As well as writing poetry, he talks about it on the radio--he's the producer and host of KOOP Radio's Writing on the Air, where he interviews poets, writers, and storytellers of all types. You can listen to him most Wednesdays from 6-7pm on 91.7FM or stream the show live at You can learn more about François, and read his blog at

During her 25 years as a communications professional Jennifer Hill Robenalt has landed media coverage for clients in outlets such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Glamour Magazine, The Today Show, NPR, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Associated Press, and more. She has served as PR Director for the Texas Book Festival and earned her degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is currently a Vice President in Porter Novelli’s Austin office serving Fortune 500 clients, start-ups and non-profits.





Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.